Etheridge, Blanchard Q & A


Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and jazz trumpeter and soundtrack composer Terence Blanchard will participate in question-and-answer sessions during the 2006 Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference, set for Nov. 14-15 at the Beverly Hilton.

Etheridge will discuss crossing over into the world of film and TV music with Billboard executive editor/associate publisher Tamara Conniff. Blanchard will talk about his composing work and his ongoing role as a working jazz musician with BMI vp film/TV relations Doreen Ringer Ross.

Etheridge has released nine albums during a musical career spanning nearly two decades. She has won two Grammy Awards for best female rock vocal performance. Her hits have included "Come to My Window," "I'm the Only One" and "I Wanna Come Over."

Her first film work was writing for the 1987 feature "Weeds." Her music has been featured in numerous features and TV shows; this year, she penned the title song for the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

New Orleans native Blanchard has been an established jazz star since the 1980s. He scored such Spike Lee features as "Jungle Fever," "Malcolm X," "Clockers," "Summer of Sam" and "Mo' Better Blues" (for which he received a Grammy Award nomination).

Blanchard garnered an Emmy nomination for his work on "The Promised Land" and a Golden Globe nomination for his score for Lee's "The 25th Hour." He most recently collaborated with Lee on the feature "Inside Man" and the HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," an examination of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. He is the artistic director for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at USC.